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Is this ‘Naya Pakistan’ you promised us? Malala’s father lambasts PM Imran Khan

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China welcomes Imran Khan amid Pakistan’s cash crunch; Shehbaz Sharif complains if ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav can be allowed to meet family, why not him.

Malala’s father questions Imran Khan on his ‘Naya Pakistan’ promise

Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai slammed a government notification banning the entry of male dignitaries to girls’ schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, reports The News International.

Addressing PM Imran Khan, Yousafzai said, “Is this the ‘change’ and ‘Naya Pakistan’ you promised us?”

Ziauddin Yousafzai shared the notification issued by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Elementary and Secondary Education Department on Twitter.

According to the notification, girls’ schools can only invite female officers or women members of parliament or provincial assemblies as chief guests.

Tagging PM Imran Khan, Yousafzai tweeted Monday, calling the move “ institutionalisation of Talibanisation”.

Beijing welcomes Imran Khan as Pakistan eyes Chinese cash

China Monday officially announced Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the country, saying that Beijing holds his visit in high regard, The News International reported.

According to the report, Hua Chunying, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, said at a news briefing that Khan’s visit will “take bilateral ties to a new height”.

The spokesperson was quoted as saying: “China has invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to pay an official visit in early November and attend the first China International Import Expo.”

Chunying said that China is willing to work with Pakistan to ensure that Imran Khan’s visit is a “complete success” and to promote deeper China-Pakistan relations.

When asked about China’s role in supporting Pakistan during its current economic crisis, the spokesperson said, “We believe that the Pakistani government has the ability to overcome temporary difficulties and maintain a healthy and stable economic development.”

Meanwhile, some senior officials from Pakistan’s foreign ministry have communicated that their country needs cash from China to support their ailing economy, The Nation has reported.

“We want cash from China. They have hinted at supporting us. We always expect that from China. PM Imran Khan will discuss investment by the Chinese business in Pakistan,” an official from the ministry was quoted as saying.

Kulbhushan Jadhav allowed to meet his family, but I can’t meet mine, says Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif, president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said in court he is not being permitted to meet his family members even as “Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav” was allowed to do so, Geo TV reported.

Sharif, currently in custody of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country’s anti-graft body, was arrested on 5 October in a corruption case. On Monday, his remand was extended by another 10 days.

During the hearing, the former chief minister of Punjab had said: “Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was allowed to meet his family but I am not permitted to meet mine, even once a week. Such restrictions are not imposed even during martial law”.

PM Imran Khan orders transfer of top cop

The Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed Monday that the Islamabad Capital Territory’s (ICT) Inspector General Police (IGP), Jan Muhammad, was transferred on the verbal instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, reported The Express Tribune.

On Saturday evening, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had suddenly sent Muhammad’s transfer order. On the same day, the Punjab government also transferred the Rawalpindi Jail Deputy Inspector General Naveed Rauf. In both the cases, the government did not name any successor, and no specific reasons were provided.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, ruled out the decision and asked the government to submit a written explanation for the same cause.

However, the Secretary Establishment Munir Ejaz told the court, “The transfer was under consideration at the PM Secretariat for many days on account of the IGP’s poor response to events.”

Fumed by the entire matter, CJP Nisar asked secretary establishment, “Is this the Naya Pakistan you people want to build,” the CJP asked the secretary establishment.

The apex court also pointed out that similar cases had been reported where the Pakpattan district police officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal was sent transfer orders in the middle of the night from the Punjab chief minister’s office.

‘I was behind the bars when Kulsoom was dying,’ says Nawaz Sharif

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his regret for not being able to meet his wife Kulsoom Nawaz before she passed away in London, reported Samaa TV.  While talking to the media outside the National Accountability Court in Islamabad Monday, Sharif said, “I was behind the bars when Kulsoom was dying”.

“Me, Maryam and all the other members of our family are still in shock,” he said.

“I will regret that I wasn’t able to speak to Kulsoom or ask about her for the rest of my life,” the former PM said.

Sharif also said that it is difficult for him and his family to re-enter politics after what they have gone through.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar were arrested by National Accountability Bureau in the London Avenfield luxury flats corruption case in July. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away in London on 11 September.

Malala shares her experiences as a student at Oxford

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel laureate, has opened up about her experience as a student at the prestigious Oxford University.

Malala Yousafzai, who is now about to enter her second year at the university, is pursuing the popular philosophy, politics and economics undergraduate course.

In an interview to Vogue, Malala said how her life at Oxford University has kept her on her toes. She recalled how she was busy “running between classes, study groups, cricket matches and meetings with extracurricular groups” while still managing to socialise with her friends last year.

She acknowledged that she was fortunate to receive an “incredible education” along with “new perspectives”. She recollected her ordeal she had to face at a tender age of 11.

“At 11 years old, I woke up one morning and could not go to school because the Taliban had banned girls’ education in Swat, the region of Pakistan where I was born. I am so pleased that I spoke out and for my years of campaigning that have followed,” said Malala, who is advocate of right to education for girl children.

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